Keeping Up with Comm Arts

~ September 18, 2023 ~

Hello Comm Arts Family and Friends!

Just a reminder that we are hosting an Open House on Wednesday, September 20th, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Taft Auditorium. After a short PTSA meeting, we will be released to visit classrooms. It will be a free-flowing event, meaning you may visit each teacher in any order. You do not have to follow your child(ren)'s natural schedule. If you want to visit all of the Taft classes first since you are starting over there, that is fine - or vice versa. You will have around 5 minutes of information from each teacher and then move to the next classroom. Make sure you get through the schedule by 8 p.m. because our teachers need to go home and get ready for the next day. Grades were captured on Friday, September 15th, at 4:45 to be displayed on Monday, September 18th via HAC. Please review grades with your child(ren). Just a friendly reminder, students must maintain passing grades and wonderful behavior along with attendance to remain a Comm Arts student. Thank you so much for being our partners in education. We can't wait to see you in person again!

Wednesday, September 20th, is a Professional Learning Time in the morning. Teachers will be in meetings before school. Tutoring with teachers will not be available.

PSAT Updates

Northside ISD is hosting a College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program for 11th-grade students. For more details, click here.

The PSAT is optional this year for 10th and 11th graders. Sophomores who choose to participate must register by September 20th to participate and pay a $20 testing fee. There is a reduced fee of $10 for students who receive free or reduced lunch. Juniors, the district is covering the fee for your exam, but you must sign up. All 9th graders will be automatically registered to take the PSAT.

Comm Arts students will have a separate registration process from Taft High School. In order to register, students should click on the following link: To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. The student's email is their NISD email provided by the district.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 12:01 AM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $5 late fee.
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023, at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled, and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Ms. Elizabeth Lewis,, if you have questions or concerns.

PSAT Student Guide

This is a great resource to help prep for the PSAT on October 11th.

Campus Announcements

Honoring Our Military

During Social Studies classes last Monday, students wrote letters to US Military Service members. One hundred ninety-seven letters were mailed to Operation Gratitude.

Honoring our Military & First Responders

Next week, we will be honoring those who serve our country. Students, remember that dress code still applies.
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Helping Hands Northside Threads Clothing Drive

Our drive will start this Friday, September 15, and run through September 28. Below is a list of items they need. Please tell your students/clubs/organizations that the gently used donations need to adhere to the school dress code. This is not a time to just clean out the closet and donate EVERYTHING. :)

They also need brand-new socks and underwear too! (all sizes because the entire family gets clothing)

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Common Attendance Codes

High School Credits: Students are required by law to be in attendance for 90% of each class. If students' absences exceed 90%, they will lose credit for their class unless corrected through Attendance Recovery.

Health vs. EADN (Excused Absences - Non-Health -Doctor Note): Health absences do not count against a student's attendance. However, a student must be on campus for part of the school day and bring in a doctor's note. A doctor's note counts as an excused absence if a student is absent for the whole school day.

Excused Absences (EA) vs. Unexcused Absences (UA): All absences count towards the allotted seven absences for the fall semester/10 absences for the spring semester. If a student's attendance case is sent to court, a committee will consider how many absences were excused and unexcused.

Covid: Please note that student remote conferencing, contact tracing, and "COVID" absences are no longer available. Students who miss school due to COVID-19 need to bring a parent note to receive an excused absence. For more information, refer parents to the COVID-19 Information page:

College Visit: Juniors and seniors are allotted two days per year to visit colleges. For these absences to be excused, students need to follow the required procedures. The form can be found below.

Bexar County Youth Voter Fest

A Celebration of Civic Engagement Non-partisan, All-inclusive, and Experiential

Saturday, September 30th from 11 AM to 2 PM @ UTSA's Downtown Campus

Sign Up at this link:

Counselors' Corner

Wise Words from Dr. Rosales & Mrs. Skidmore

Progress Reports are posted on Monday, September 18th; this will be a time for students to notice their current academic standing and progress. Depending on the grades your student may see, the results may create some anxiety. Before anxiety can get a hold of your student and consume them with feelings of discouragement, here are some medically reviewed ideas on how your teen can navigate and manage anxiety, according to Nemours Teen Health. 5 Ways to Cope With Anxiety (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth

Part of managing anxiety includes having a growth mindset. Here are some helpful tips for parents to teach their students to develop a growth mindset.

How to Teach Growth Mindset to Teens | Big Life Journal

CAHS Military Families

Click the button to access the Military Family Newsletter

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School Pictures & Yearbooks

9th-11th Grade Pictures

Did you take your yearbook picture during prep days? Want to order pictures? Click HERE to order your pictures online. LifeTouch will be back on campus on October 26th if you missed taking your picture.

ENJOY 10% OFF your order!

CODE: F202310OFF

Senior Update

Seniors, if you haven't already done so, please call Prestige at (210) 691-1284 or visit our local Prestige website to set up your senior portrait session. Only pictures taken with Prestige will be in the yearbook.

Seniors, If you have not already taken your senior picture either on campus or at the Prestige Studios, please schedule an appointment ASAP at the Prestige Studios by calling (210) 691-1284 or going online at They would be back on campus on November 3rd, for retakes and yearbook-only pictures. Please note that if you wish for your picture to be in the yearbook, it must be taken through Prestige Portraits before Thanksgiving break.

Yearbook 2023-2024

Comm Arts will have its own yearbook this year! Online yearbook sales are now live. The pdfs below have additional information.

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Senior Highlight

We hosted an On the Spot Admissions Event with the University of the Incarnate Word! Sixteen Comm Arts seniors were accepted, and all received a scholarship offer. Congratulations!


Are you planning on attending one of the colleges/universities listed below? You may qualify for a scholarship! San Antonio Education Partnership will present during lunch on Monday, September 18th, in the CCM Center! Stop by for more information and to apply! You may bring lunch! Limited seating.

U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Information Session

Hello from Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy (USNA)!

Join us for one of our Information Sessions; it's a unique opportunity to meet with your Regional Director of Admissions, Admissions Counselor, and Blue & Gold Officers. We've invited you because you are an ambitious student, and you have the potential to become an exemplary Midshipman (student) at USNA. Learn what it takes for you to apply & succeed!

Please click HERE to pre-register.

Location: Thomas Edison High School

701 Santa Monica St

San Antonio, TX 78212

When: Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maybe you have never considered the U.S. Naval Academy, but we think you belong here. Did you know that every student:

  • receives a full scholarship...yes, you read that correctly: FREE TUITION (including room and board and health insurance),
  • is guaranteed employment upon graduating as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps,
  • receives a Bachelor of Science degree from the #1 public school in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report).

College Board

AP Exams

It's a campus expectation that all students take the AP exam for their CAHS course(s). College Board does require a fee if students need to take a late exam.


Students will sign up for the exams during their AP course(s). Northside ISD does cover the majority of the cost of the exam. Exam fees are $98, but NISD students only pay $40 per exam. For those who qualify for Free and Reduces Meals, AP exams are $20/exam. Parents/guardians need to re-apply each school year. See the pdf below for more details of payment.

The deadline to pay for exam(s) is Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Freshmen/Sophomores - $40

Juniors - $80

Seniors - $120

**UPDATE: This also includes AP Spanish 4. Students will take the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.**

All other exams will be processed through Taft HS.

Information from Our Nurse

Verification of Enrollment (VOE)

Our Verification of Enrollment (VOE) is available digitally. Use the Google Form to request a copy. All Chromebooks, textbooks, and AP exam fees must be turned in before a VOE is issued.

School Lunch Payments

NISD is now using SchoolCafe for online lunch payments. Click the link for more information and videos on using the new system.

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Mission: Our school promotes curiosity while providing rigorous academics in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Vision: Communications Arts H.S. students will be confident, capable, communicative leaders.